December 26, 2009

NOW you can see...

what I made for Christmas gifts!


First, I collected old clothing with a western attitude
to make cowboy boot Christmas stockings.

(what can I say, we live in Texas)


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then, I drew up a pattern

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love 'em !

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then, three old sweaters

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became

hats and leggings for 4 cute grand-babies
(Wyatt is a name being considered for baby boy Yuan, I like it)

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ella loves dogs, addie looks great in red, preston looks cute in everything and little bear ears for wyatt (ella and wyatt's are made from cashmere....sooo soft)


chloe selected fleece for each niece & nephew and made them scarves
(and made the adorable flower for addie's hat)
I am so proud of her.
(I made hats with her leftover fleece)

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I copied this black rose bracelet from one I saw at A'gaci

It is for Chloe. . . . but I may be borrowing it :)

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a toile print pillow for Chrissy,

trimmed with silk fabric scraps from her wedding dress

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and look at these cute tags chrissy made to personalize my sewing projects!


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for Brittany and Ili, I made curtains and a matching pillow

. . . . the finishing touch on the remodel we did in October.

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I love working with felt, it is has such a homespun look.

Since Chrissy has become quite the seamstress, I made this little blue pin cushion for her
. . . . I loved it so much, I made a lavender one for myself.

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It gave me the idea for these ornaments:

I love them!

a covey of partridges

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and of course,
every respectable partridge needs a pear tree


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I have done very few portraits and I was nervous about attempting this one for Brittany,
so I put it off until 1 week before Christmas; the oil is still wet.
I am happy with the way it turned out,
(having a lovely subject helps a lot)


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I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of gift making this year,
even all the seams I had to rip out because my sewing skills are a little rusty.
I couldn't wait for everyone to open their gifts.
It put a smile on my face that lasted all of December.


Merry Christmas !


9 comments:

chloe said...

Everything wAs so beautiful!!!!I especially like my stuff:)

Jennifer Gibbs Kambourian said...

Wow! How absolutely darling each thing is, and the portrait of Britty captures perfectly her beauty and her special spark. What a fun way to prepare for Christmas, and I bet each person just loved their gifts.You are so incredibly talented!

The Chrissy Herself said...

This Christmas was my favorite Christmas to date. I absolutely loved giving and getting so many hand-made delights.

Cheryl Joy said...

The stockings are sooo adorable! I also really love Brittany's portrait. :)

michele cabiness said...

So inspiring......I almost wish we could do Christmas all over so that I could be more creative! Everything is beautiful.

michele cabiness said...

.....and Chrissy, where did you get those tags? So cute!

Marci said...

I love Chloe's bracelet - I didn't see that one!

Stefanie said...

Gorgeous! Everything is so beautiful! Well done! I love the stockings! I love the bracelet. Brittany's portrait is gorgeous - she's gorgeous, so it must have been pretty easy to paint. =o)

I'm so glad you guys had a wonderful Christmas!

Brittany said...

I also loved all the homemade stuff! I didn't know all the cute baby hats and scarves you made were from old sweaters, that really does make it extra special. I hope I can pick up some of your sewing talent this summer and I'm so excited to hang that painting in our home next to the sketch I did of Ili.

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